Friday, April 22, 2011

sugar hill, son!

Banjo Equinox Players
Okay gang, let's hear it. Post your videos of Sugar Hill. All levels, speeds, and fingertastic adventures welcome here. And when all the entries are in I'll do another random winner for a skein of Cold Antler Farm wool. Which means that by our next challenge (and the last challenge in Double C tuning) you could be frailing in a hat worn by Sal this time last year. I'll post my video soon, I just need some more practice. I haven't played it in a while, but I that didn't stop you. If I remember correctly, I think you can use a hammer-on in this beginner version!

And here is the first entry, Maggie, who has been playing just since Banjo Equinox Started, and I am so proud of her. This sounds like it deserves a campfire, fireflies, and a warm summer night already. Keep posting videos!

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Blogger Alex said...

This is completely unrelated (I still can barely play Old Molly Hare, let alone start anything else. I'm not terribly good at this...) but I just had to tell someone!
I baked bread for the first time today! It is just a little probably about 1 lb boule of plain white bread (though it certainly looks fancy) but it was tasty and I made it myself!
(I am probably going to make another tomorrow because there is no way that's lasting the night when I have work to stay up late doing.)

April 22, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Congratulations on the bread!! It is the greatest thing ever, to be able to knead and bake a loaf of bread. Keep practicing and you'll soon be doing it with your eyes closed.

And Jenna, it's a busy weekend but I'll keep practicing and get my video out before Sunday midnight. No fancy stuff, though, be warned.

April 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

oh boy.

congrats on the bread ozy!

April 22, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Awesome Ozy!!! I've been baking my own bread for a few years now, but I am still so enamored with it that I have an entire photo set on Flickr just for pictures of bread. (I might get a little obsessive with things...)

Kitchen Mama - Nothing fancy here either, believe me.

Maggie - You are a natural. Seriously. You put my pitiful plunking to shame! Which you will see for yourself soon. ;)

April 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Maggie, I can't seem to leave comments on Flickr so I just have to say that I agree with Amber--you have such a great feel for the music. I love it!

And Amber, I thought your "Old Molly Hare" was lovely, especially with the sounds of the kids in the background. You might have to get them to do that again for "Sugar Hill."

April 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Maggie, I watched that smiling the whole time. It was beautiful. How long have you been playing now?

Ozy, that must have felt, and tasted, amazing!

April 23, 2011 at 6:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Lovely playing, Maggie! And congrats on the bread, Ozy!

There is no way I will be able to post a video by Sunday midnight, thanks to in-laws invading our house for Easter weekend. But I'll look forward to seeing everyone else's.

April 23, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

There's no time limit on it, post your video when you can. It's good to see how we all do, comment, and keep track of how far you have come.

April 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

I just wanted you to know that I just made my own butter for the first time!!! OMG!!! I read how easy you said it was. Took a jar, let cream sit and then this am, put in my pocket while I was taking care of garden and pool. Then I had some fresh butter with homemade jam on bread!!! Now I have to make my own bread! Loving it. I was going to save the buttermilk, but the dogs were spitting on the floor they were so excited by the smell!!!! Thank you so much for your blog.

April 23, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Maggie! And Ozy, I still remember the first time I baked a loaf of my own bread (nearly 40 years ago!) and how it felt. I loved every single bite of it and my young family (including husband)was so appreciative. I never tire of homemade bread.

April 23, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

So here's mine, pretty rusty, but still music!

April 23, 2011 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Thanks everyone! I started with this Banjo Equinox! I played some guitar in college, that probably helped but mostly you know major punk rock chords ;)

Now I need to go make butter with my kids!

April 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Here is my version of "Sugar Hill." I realize I have a big sigh at the beginning which is from filming myself oh, maybe a bazillion times, trying to get something passable. Funny how the song always sounds so good when you aren't recording... Anyway, I would have made another video without the heavy sigh but I couldn't bear the thought of it.

I didn't make butter or bread this weekend but I did make a strawberry/rhubarb pie, an apple pie, and a buttermilk poundcake today for an Easter BBQ. All this talk of butter has me wishing for a cow!

April 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Geode said...

Here's mine--not without error, but oh well!

April 24, 2011 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

Yeah Maggie! That's how I want to sound!

Ozy- Bread is where I started. I now have 5 acres , 13 pullets waiting to lay, a beef steer in the barn, and enough spinach, peas, lettuce and onions in the ground for a family of 5. (Also, I am learning the banjo.) Keep it up!

April 25, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

The sounds not to great, but here we go:

April 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Love these videos, folks. Everyone sounds great!

April 25, 2011 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Coley said...

Here is my Submission!

April 25, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Aaaaagh! First I break my fingernail, making playing difficult, then I get a MAJOR cold that I'm still getting over. My submission is coming soon, I promise. Now where did I put that webcam?

April 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Finally caved and took this with my laptop webcam tonight because we just couldn't seem to find time to get it recorded.

The sound quality is a bit... odd I will say. Sort of tinny and the distortion in the background sounds like very quiet demonic laughing.

Far less charming than the wind chimes and children in my Old Molly Hare video. ;)

Anyway, Sugar Hill

April 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Finally got myself recorded! Lots of background noise, thanks to my laughing son and the squawking macaw. Pay attention to the background, and you can see my blue-headed pionus sitting on the back of my chair at the beginning, then running across the table around the 1-minute mark.

April 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Pixie said...

Here's my attempt at Sugar Hill, I wasn't able to do repeats of the song as my video cam recorder shuts off after 30 seconds! I'm just pretty proud of myself to have gotten this far with as i'm not computer savvy!!

April 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Odd Ducks Farm said...

Finally! After countless attempts to record this, with dogs, and cat, and chickens, and alpacas all cutting in and taking my attention, I got it! My video is posted here.

Sorry for the lateness. I can't wait for the next song!

May 2, 2011 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Hey, do we know what the next song is yet? I keep looking through posts to see if it was announced and I missed it somehow, but I still didn't see it.

I am insanely curious because I have been "working on" the remaining four songs in Double C tuning and I am hoping against all hope that we are not doing Polly Put the Kettle On. I'm not ready for all that yet and am having a hard time with some of the techniques.

Anyway, everybody's videos are great again. I'm so glad we're all doing this. I'm going to be sad when it's over!

May 5, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Darcey Blue said...

Kind of late, but better than never right?? A really rough recording of sugar hill, which incidentally i can play much better when the camera isn't on. LOL

June 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

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